The 10-year-old Manchester United fan who received a response from Jurgen Klopp after asking him to lose said he thought someone was kidding him.
Daragh Curley, from County Donegal in Ireland, wrote a letter to the Liverpool manager after raising the issue with the front runners who crushed the undefeated run.
He asked Klopp if he could let Liverpool lose and ideally never win again.
The Liverpool managed to praise the ‘cheeky’ boy in his press conference on Friday
Daragh Curley said he thought someone was kidding him when he received the letter
To Daragh’s surprise, the winning boss of the Champions League replied that he could not fulfill his request.
Daragh spoke to Adrian Chiles next to his father on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday and explained that his first thoughts were when opening the letter: “Is someone trying to fool me?”
“Then I saw the official newspaper and then I realized it wasn’t a trick, it was actually Jurgen Klopp.”
When asked if the sincere message from the Liverpool manager changed his mind about the club, Daragh replied: “If they lose 5-0, I will be a little sad, but if they lose 4-0, it will be fine . “
Manchester United Daragh fan wrote a letter to Jurgen Klopp requesting them to be lost
Klopp also responded to the letter in his press conference today and praised the young fan as “cheeky.”
He said: ‘I cannot answer all the letters I receive every day. It was fun, it was cheeky. We had time, I read the letter and answered, it was in the newspapers the next day.
‘I don’t like that very much, but all is fine, all fine. I like to work for Liverpool and I like the rivalry, but I like it even more if we can keep it on the field. “
The Reds boss had praised Daragh’s passion in the letter and how he paid tribute to Manchester United as a supporter.
The 10-year-old explained how Liverpool’s success in this season made him sad
He said in his press conference: “10 years old, bold, a good age, when you have to get bold, and it was smart too. A good idea, try it, why not.
‘We try to respond as much as possible, but it is not only possible. Almost all the letters are friendly, but I cannot answer them all. “
When Daragh was asked if he had anyone else in his goals, the young kid said he would write to England rugby manager Eddie Jones asking if he could lose against Ireland in the Six Nations.
In his letter to Klopp it said: ‘Dear Jurgen Klopp, my name is Daragh. I am 10 years old. I’m going to Glenswilly N.S in Donegal. I support Man United and the reason I am writing is to complain.
But the 10-year-old was stunned when the Liverpool boss answered with a letter of 262 words
“Liverpool wins too many games. If you win nine more games, you have the best undefeated run in English football. Being a fan of United is very sad.
“Please let them lose the next time they play. You just have to let the other tam score. I hope I convinced you not to win the competition or to win another competition. Sincerely, Daragh. “
Daragh, however, was astonished when he received an official reply from Klopp, who, while politely rejecting his request, also offered words of wisdom to give the young United fan hope for the future.
Liverpool is currently unbeaten in the Premier League and is on track for the title
Klopp replied that although he could not lose Liverpool out of free will, he also had a duty to make Reds fans all over the world happy, saying: unfortunately I cannot grant your request on this occasion, but not by choice.
“As much as you want Liverpool to lose, it’s my job to do everything I can to help Liverpool win, because there are millions of people around the world who want this to happen, so I really don’t want to disappoint them. “
Klopp also explained to the 10-year-old how dominance was not permanent and the cycle of football will lead to ultimate change.
He then said: ‘I can safely say that one thing that will not change is your passion for football and for your club. Manchester United is lucky to have you.
“Although our clubs are big rivals, we also share a lot of respect for each other. This is what football is all about for me. “